Yesterday, I read a post from my granddaughter’s mother. “Today we lost a very precious member of our family. Honey (a cat) was Mikaila’s best friend. She was beautiful, curious, never selfish and very loving. She helped Mikaila through every obstacle and loved her unconditionally.”
I remember the day nine years ago when Mikaila got her two cats—Honey and Charlie. For some reason, Honey was a honey of a cat and became Mikaila’s special pet. Next year Mikaila will go away to college and would have had to leave Honey behind—maybe Honey knew this.
I’ve never been attached to a pet and find it hard to understand the depth of grief that goes along with losing a pet. However, I do know from first-hand experience that grief comes from many different aspects of life. I empathize with anyone going through the grief of losing a loved one, pet, job, home, etc., and I’ve cried empathetic tears for people I didn’t know.
Empathy is defined as seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another. Jesus gave examples of empathy during his ministry, such as in Matthew 9. I’m guessing he’s weeping with Mikaila as she grieves her Honey. May Honey rest wherever a honey of a cat goes when it passes on.
Lord, help us show empathy to those suffering from loss. Amen.